Happy Wednesday! And it's time again for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Every first Wednesday of the month. Learn more at Alex Cavanaugh's blog by clicking the picture below. But first! Read on for what writing has taught me ....
My teen years and early twenties were spent floundering around, enjoying life, meeting people, having fun--completely unsure of what I really wanted to do or be. I was always interested in writing, and always been a writer, but back then I craved a kind of life wisdom that would only come from being out in the world and living life.
Part of our culture today is about instant gratification. We want something, we buy it. We don't like to wait. And we don't have to. We simply put it on credit and pay it off later. It's the American way.
When I was 23 I got a job with the airline because I wanted to travel and I'm no trust fund kid so I had to find a way to make it happen. All through my twenties when I wanted to take a trip, I did. Hopped on a plane, sometimes at the spur of the moment with no reservations or plans at all. (which some countries do not like, mind you) And I've done that ever since. Instant gratification.
But now that life is much slower paced and I'm dedicated to writing stories, I've really learned what it's like to WORK for something that I want. It's hard work, too. No cut-throughs, or easy hacks. The work is real, the rejection is hard, and the chances of real success, slim. But I'm still working for it.
Having this passion for writing has shown me what it's like to have to work hard for something and hope for a payoff. I find that amazingly invaluable. Sad that I'm almost 40 and just now learning it, but it is what it is.
BTW I'm reading Gone,Girl right now for my Book Club selection and WOW. Gillian Flynn writes with two separate points of view in two voices that make you wish you could have even an ounce of her talent. Anyone out there still wanting to know what constitutes voice in a story, you HAVE to read this book. It's that good.
How about you? What's writing taught you? Have you ever had to work harder for something? Read Gone, Girl yet? Please share ...